Auckland - Pakistan's trio of left-arm pacemen bowled their team to a
thrilling 29-run win over South Africa on the Duckworth/Lewis method as they
revived their bid for a World Cup quarter-final place at Eden Park on Saturday.
As it happened: SA v Pakistan
Rahat Ali grabbed a career-best three for 40, while Mohammad
Irfan (three for 52) and Wahab Riaz (three for 45) were also in the wickets as
South Africa, chasing a revised target of 232 in 47 overs, were dismissed for
202 in 33.3 overs.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers hit a brilliant 58-ball
77 with five sixes and seven boundaries but failed to stop Pakistan from
registering their third win in five matches -- and their first victory over the
Proteas in all World Cups.
Pakistan were all out in 46.4 overs after two rain
interruptions which reduced the match to 47-over-a-side. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq
scored 56 while Sarfraz Ahmed made run-a-ball 49.
De Villiers, who completed 1000 World Cup runs, was
dismissed by Sohail Khan in the 33rd over for wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed's
sixth catch in the match -- equalling the world record for most catches behind
the stumps in a one-day international.
South Africa were off to a disastrous start as opener
Quinton de Kock was dismissed in Irfan's first over of the innings.
Hashim Amla, who hit nine boundaries in his 38, steadied the
innings during his 67-run second wicket stand with Faf du Plessis before
Pakistan hit back.
Ali removed Du Plessis and David Miller (nought) while Riaz
dismissed Amla and Rilee Rossouw (six) as South Africa lost four wickets for
just 10 runs in the space of 39 balls.
Irfan returned for his second spell to dismiss JP Duminy for
12 as South Africa, who would have been in the quarter-finals had they won this
match, were left reeling at 102 for six.
De Villiers took the fight to the Pakistani bowlers adding
36 with Dale Steyn (16) and another invaluable 33 for the eighth with Kyle
Abbott who made 12.
He hit two sixes in one Shahid Afridi over to reach his
fifty off just 45 balls before Pakistan staged a late comeback.
It was Misbah who steadied Pakistan's innings with a
determined 86-ball knock -- his fourth half-century in five World Cup matches.
The Pakistan captain also completed 5,000 one-day
international runs when on seven in his 160th match.
He was the 12th Pakistani to reach the landmark but the
first from any country to do so without scoring an individual hundred.
Misbah hit four boundaries before he holed out at third man
off fast bowler Steyn who finished with three for 30.
Afridi made a 15-ball 22 with two sixes and a boundary as he
went to 8 000 ODI runs.
Ahmed put on a confident 30-run opening stand with Ahmed
Shehzad (18) - the best opening stand for Pakistan in this tournament - before
Steyn held a smart diving catch to give South Africa the breakthrough.
Shehzad hit Abbott towards long-on where Steyn, on the run,
held a low chance.
Ahmed, who did not play in Pakistan's first four pool
matches, hit three sixes in one Duminy over before he ran himself out while
taking a second run in a bid to reach his fifty.
He also hit five boundaries in his run-a-ball knock.
Younis Khan, dropped after poor run of scores in the first
three matches, made an attractive 44-ball 37 with four boundaries before
falling to soft dismissal off the part-time bowling of de Villiers.
But South Africa's lack of a genuine fifth bowler proved
costly, with de Villiers and Duminy conceding 77 runs between them in a
combined nine overs.